Candidates for Clerk of the Curtiff Court, Sheriff. Register of Wills and State's Attorney were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:

Management: What changes, if any, would your make in the management and operation of this office?

George C. Dreos (R), 59, of 9501 Nottingham Dr., Upper Marlboro, a lawyer for more than 30 years, has experience in all phases of criminal law. A graduate of The George Washington University law school, he has served in judge advocate general's offices of both the Navy and the Army departments.

Management: The main change will be in the emphasis given certain types of cases. First, I will seek the death penalty for all cold-blooded murderers and will not plea bargain with them. Second, I will strengthen programs dealing with the prosecution of repeat offenders, drug dealers and pushers, and drunk drivers. Third, I will work with school and other officials to create programs to protect battered and sexually abused children and women from further molestation and provide a more safe and drug-free environment at our schools. Fourth, I will institute tough policies in handling juvenile cases, since juvenile offenders will be our main source of criminals in the future. Fifth, I will seek to have juvenile vandalism cases treated in the same manner as traffic cases so that delinquents and their parents can be brought quickly to court and, when convicted, damage payments to the victim can be obtained promptly.

Arthur A. Marshall Jr. (D), incumbent, 51, of 9820 Rosaryville Rd., Upper Marlboro, has been state's attorney for Prince George's County since 1963. Previously, he was in private law practice in Hyattsville for four years. An Army veteran, he is a graduate of Georgetown University law school and is active in bar associations.

Management: Over the past 20 years the office of state's attorney for Prince George's County has become recognized as one of, if not the, most professional, career-oriented prosecutor offices in Maryland. It is hoped that in the next four years the office will continue to maintain its high degree of professionalism and its reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness. We have in past years directed our resources largely toward violent crime. We have recently, in cooperation with the courts, developed a domestic crisis action program and a unit to deal with organized crime and the continued distribution of dangerous drugs in our community. Although we have seen in the past year a decrease in crime, we are initiating a section within our juvenile division to target violent juvenile offenders. We also will provide crime victims and witnesses with additional support through an expanded victim-witness program, with particular emphasis on restitution.